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XxX: One Hundred Poems

Published by Little Island Press

ISBN: 9780993505614

£25.00
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“Merrill Moore’s sonnets are magnificent. Never in this world did I expect to praise a living writer because of his sonnets, but these have been a revelation to me.”  William Carlos Williams

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It has been rumoured that Merrill Moore wrote somewhere between 5,000 and 50,000 sonnets, the most of any poet ever recorded. The quality of poem in such a vast quantity is undoubtedly varied but, here, David R. Slavitt (poet & novelist) has selected the best available from amongst Moore’s published and unpublished work. Moore was an important member of the Fugitive poets gathered at Vanderbilt University, including John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate and Robert Penn Warren. Whilst he learned to craft and hone the formalities of poem from these other masters, Moore’s poetry differed drastically in temperament and outlook. He toyed with the sonnet form to create an impressively modern and syncopated rhythm, whilst his subjects have more in common with the short stories of Ernest Hemingway and Sherwood Anderson. His vast poetic output – the best of which is on show in this volume – forms a powerful and vivid portrait of American life and society in the early twentieth century.

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“You will find a flow and immediacy of communication unsurpassed in contemporary letters.”  Louis Untermeyer

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